We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Florida, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Marco Island.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Sunshine State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 201 cities in Florida with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Florida.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 96 crimes committed in Marco Island which had a reported population of 17,947. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0053 which translates into a 1 in 186 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 201 of the biggest cities in Florida to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 201 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Florida".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Marco Island. The most dangerous city in Florida? Florida City, where residents had a 1 in 8 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Taking the crown as the safest city in Florida for 2018 is Marco Island -- a classic example of everything that makes Florida great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 190.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 8,973 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
If you're thinking of moving to Florida and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Longboat Key -- the 2nd safest in the Sunshine State.
Longboat Key is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 141.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Longboat Key.
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Weston ranks as the 3rd safest city in Florida.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Weston.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
This gem of a place in the Sunshine State boasts the 4th best property crime rate and 4th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Finishing just inside the top five is Parkland, FL.
You get what you pay for in Parkland -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,753 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Parkland residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Parkland in a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Key Biscayne, the 6th safest city in Florida.
The town of some 13113 people will have to try and continue to keep Key Biscayne a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Key Biscayne?
Tequesta is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Florida.
It has 1 in 92.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Florida.
The eighth safest city in Florida for 2018 goes to Punta Gorda. Let's see why.
There were only 12 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 212 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Florida, may we present Satellite Beach as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Florida, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
106 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 7th best in Florida on a rate basis.
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Sanibel.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Sanibel residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 6 violent crimes and 86 property crimes in Sanibel; that's really good for a place of 7395 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Marco Island is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Florida residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Florida according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Marco Island, FL||1||5||17,947||11||523|
|Longboat Key, FL||2||1||7,343||0||708|
|Bay Harbor Islands, FL||4||4||6,117||16||637|
|Key Biscayne, FL||6||13||13,113||15||1,182|
|Punta Gorda, FL||8||15||18,466||64||1,148|
|Satellite Beach, FL||9||7||10,737||93||987|
|North Palm Beach, FL||12||11||13,023||84||1,320|
|Cooper City, FL||13||8||36,900||94||1,186|
|Palm Beach, FL||14||16||8,702||45||1,574|
|West Miami, FL||15||22||7,163||111||1,382|
|Safety Harbor, FL||16||35||17,573||113||1,388|
|Lake Alfred, FL||17||77||5,568||53||1,760|
|Sunny Isles Beach, FL||18||41||22,374||107||1,564|
|Lighthouse Point, FL||19||36||11,256||88||1,732|
|Indian Harbour Beach, FL||20||14||8,523||129||1,419|
|North Port, FL||22||24||63,386||140||1,358|
|Port St. Lucie, FL||23||18||182,365||148||1,326|
|Winter Springs, FL||24||9||35,100||153||1,253|
|Lady Lake, FL||27||29||14,877||147||1,498|
|St. Augustine Beach, FL||28||46||6,986||57||1,932|
|Gulf Breeze, FL||31||19||6,435||139||1,585|
|Cape Coral, FL||32||23||179,631||124||1,715|
|Miami Lakes, FL||33||31||31,279||99||1,889|
|Southwest Ranches, FL||34||26||7,953||113||1,810|
|North Bay Village, FL||38||47||8,552||187||1,613|
|Belle Isle, FL||39||27||6,835||204||1,565|
|Coconut Creek, FL||40||30||60,633||120||2,059|
|Coral Springs, FL||41||38||131,159||159||1,838|
|Port Orange, FL||43||25||60,546||100||2,439|
|Lake Mary, FL||44||50||16,506||175||1,884|
|South Pasadena, FL||45||63||5,106||137||2,213|
|St. Cloud, FL||48||49||47,289||283||1,579|
|High Springs, FL||51||78||5,932||252||1,753|
|Palm Beach Gardens, FL||53||48||53,811||139||2,640|
|Hialeah Gardens, FL||54||69||24,370||160||2,384|
|Haines City, FL||56||60||23,278||262||1,864|
|Village Of Pinecrest, FL||59||42||19,692||126||2,899|
|Pembroke Pines, FL||60||51||169,156||202||2,216|
|West Melbourne, FL||61||58||21,156||151||2,713|
|Fernandina Beach, FL||64||33||12,489||272||1,945|
|Neptune Beach, FL||66||52||7,316||205||2,405|
|Lynn Haven, FL||67||66||20,496||258||2,141|
|Coral Gables, FL||69||57||51,980||148||2,981|
|Royal Palm Beach, FL||73||62||38,353||328||2,057|
|Boca Raton, FL||74||55||94,931||251||2,628|
|Palm Bay, FL||75||74||108,823||474||1,691|
|Palmetto Bay, FL||76||81||24,878||196||3,006|
|Mount Dora, FL||80||116||13,796||326||2,580|
|Greenacres City, FL||81||137||40,088||361||2,359|
|Fort Walton Beach, FL||82||85||22,314||300||2,738|
|Atlantic Beach, FL||83||67||13,302||345||2,593|
|Miami Springs, FL||84||82||14,620||253||3,132|
|Deerfield Beach, FL||85||80||80,713||343||2,717|
|Tarpon Springs, FL||88||89||24,834||418||2,383|
|North Lauderdale, FL||89||98||44,229||472||2,127|
|De Funiak Springs, FL||91||128||5,927||826||1,299|
|Vero Beach, FL||93||112||16,589||415||2,567|
|Kenneth City, FL||95||95||5,095||372||2,747|
|Orange Park, FL||98||75||8,763||547||2,031|
|Lake Wales, FL||99||87||15,819||309||3,249|
|Temple Terrace, FL||100||92||25,972||373||2,918|
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